Life on Capitol Hill: December Business Matters


Business Matters is a monthly column on the changing landscape of business and development in north Denver. If there are any inquiries on new developments in your area, or if you are a local business wishing to highlight an upcoming milestone, email Kailyn Lamb at


Uptown Medical Office Building

A five-story medical office building will go up at the intersection of Ogden Street, Park Avenue and East 18th Avenue. It is a 1-acre site that had been previously undeveloped. The building will be 100,000 square feet and will have parking, retail and restaurant space on the lower level. The next three levels will be medical office space, topped off by a fifth floor of more retail. A two-story structure will be built across the Ogden Street for additional parking.

The project is being put together by Fidelis Healthcare Partners, which is based out of Dallas. It will be part of the Saint Joseph Hospital campus. The main building for the hospital is at 1375 E. 19th Ave.

East 18th Avenue and Marion Street

Proposals for apartment buildings on two lots across the street from each other on Marion Street have been submitted to the city and are under review. According to the city website for site development plans, the proposal for 1160 E. 18th Ave. is for an eight-story building with 108 units and 107 parking spots. The building across the street, 1780 Marion St., would also be eight stories, with 116 units and 112 parking spots.



Rooted Heart Yoga and Wellness

Nikki Hazamy, the owner of the Corner Beet coffee shop in Capitol Hill, has opened a new venture on Ogden Street. Rooted Heart Yoga and Wellness offers $13 drop-in classes at 1409 N. Ogden St. Along with yoga classes, Rooted Heart has rotating massage therapists and will offer workshops. A full schedule can be found on the mindbody app, or at Hazamy said in an email that Corner Beet, Rooted Heart and a new bicycle repair shop on Ogden have begun offering a partnership discount of 10 percent. People getting their bikes fixed at Z Cycle Shop receive the discount at the Corner Beet and vice versa. The Corner Beet is at 1401 N. Ogden St.

Z Cycle Shop

The bike shop is situated between The Corner Beet and Rooted Heart Yoga and Wellness on Ogden Street in a former thrift store space. Z Cycle sells new and refurbished bikes and offers repairs with new and used parts. The shop is located at 1405 N. Ogden St.

Rise Nation

Rise Nation is looking to open in Cherry Creek North early next year, according to a Facebook page for the gym. The gym program started in California and has since opened three other states. The Denver location at 155 Saint Paul St. will be the company’s first location in Colorado.

The company does 30-minute full body workouts, which were developed by founder Jason Walsh, according to the Rise Nation website. Classes are offered in three levels: Intro, The Climb and Extreme. For more information, visit

Jovanina’s Broken Italian

Formerly the Aoba Sushi restaurant on 1520 Blake St., Jovanina’s Broken Italian opened at the end of October. The restaurant will offer a full menu with house-made pastas as well as a wood-fired pizza selection. Aoba closed in November 2016.

Joyce Aycock

Dr. Joyce Aycock recently opened her own plastic surgery office in Cherry Creek North. She does cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and has been practicing in Denver since. 2008. Her office is located at 36 Steele St.

Rebel Bread

Rebel Bread, which sells pastries in coffee shops throughout Denver, opened up its own brick-and-mortar location in Five Points at the end of October. Rebel Bread is currently offering fall pastry and bread options such as a pumpkin spice sourdough, fruit danishes, bagels and more. The bakery also offers classes on making breads. Baker and owner Zach Martinucci also runs a podcast following the story of Rebel called Against the Grain.

The bakery is in the Temple Artists Collective at 2400 Curtis St.


A new tasting menu-centered restaurant opened its doors last month on Larimer in the River North neighborhood. Beckon, which neighbors Call at 2845 Larimer St., will feature eight-course menus that change with the seasons, according to the restaurant’s reservation page. Diners prepay for tickets at Beckon. Tickets start at $95 for the tasting menu, and diners can add wine or beer and cider pairings for an additional $65.

Both Call and Beckon are run by the same restaurant team. Call offers a daytime menu, as well as a full bar and coffee selection. Call first opened in January.

DC Pie Co.

After nearly one year of standing vacant, the former location for Brik on York has been filled with a new restaurant. DC Pie Co. opened at 2223 E. Colfax Ave. at the end of October. According to the website, owners Mary Zayaruzny and Dominic Cavagnuolo got their start in New York. As a result, the restaurant will serve thin-crust New York-style pizzas. Cavagnuolo also owns a pizzeria in Miami.

According to the DC Pie Co. website, the restaurant will donate a portion of its profits to Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Brik on York closed in December 2017 and offered wine tastings as well as pizza. The restaurant had been open for two years.

The Storeroom

Vine St. Pub and Grill has converted storage space at its location into a new gallery space. The Storeroom, 1700 Vine St., had its grand opening on Nov. 10. The space can be used by artists to create art installations, which can be viewed by the public via the storefront window. Email for more information or to have your artwork considered for the space.

Lou’s Italian Specialties

The Rosenberg’s Bagels and Delicatessen team have launched a new business venture in the Cole neighborhood. Lou’s Italian Specialties will open at 3357 Downing St. on Dec. 11, according to a news release from the company. Lou’s will offer hot and cold sub options, as well as pasta, fresh mozzarella and house-made sausages.

“New York and New Jersey are the heart of Italian delicatessens in the U.S., and as with each of our restaurant concepts, we aim to bring a small taste of this region to the Denver community,” said Joshua Pollack, owner of Lou’s, in the news release.


El Charrito

The Ballpark neighborhood comedy bar and restaurant will close at the end of December. El Charrito posted the announcement on its Facebook page on Nov. 4. Since then, fans of the bar have been posting memories and farewells to the page. El Charrito’s last day will be on Dec. 23.

The bar was known for karaoke events such as punk rock karaoke nights, as well as stand up and open mic comedy. El Charrito first opened in 1962. It temporarily closed in the summer of 2009 before reopening the same year, according to the Facebook post.

“Don’t be too sad, but rather think of the good times you might have had with us, and WILL have with us these next 7 weeks,” owners wrote in the Facebook post.

Hedge Row

The Cherry Creek North Restaurant shut its doors on Dec. 2, according to its website.

“Thank you for all of the delicious times we have shared Cherry Creek,” the site read.

The restaurant was located at 100 Steele St. It opened in July 2017. Hedge Row offered lunch, dinner and brunch options. Many of the meals were cooked on a wood-fired grill.

Hedge Row was operated by The Kitchen Restaurant Group, which is based in Boulder and runs a location of its Kitchen Bistro restaurant in the Lower Downtown neighborhood. Hedge Row’s website read that fans of the restaurant would find some of its menu items at Kitchen.


Wax Trax

Wax Trax, Captiol Hill’s longtime record store, celebrated its 40 anniversary on Nov. 17 with a party at the Mercury Cafe. The store first opened in 1978, selling vinyl records. The business now sells CDs, cassettes, records, shirts and more. The store has a new and used selection. It is located at 638 E. 13th Ave.

Fish N Beer

In October, Fish N Beer closed following a small fire in the roof that affected the restaurant’s duct system. The restaurant’s website says it is aiming to reopen this month at 3510 Walnut St. in the River North neighborhood. The restaurant offers raw or grilled oysters in addition to it fresh seafood menu.

Fish N Beer is run by the same company that owns Tacos Tequila Whiskey.


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